The 2015-2016 bowl season is quickly coming to a close, and one of your last opportunities to watch college football will be Saturday’s AutoZone Liberty Bowl between Arkansas and Kansas State (3:20 p.m. ET, ESPN).
If that’s not reason enough to watch the game, here are three more:
1. Bill Snyder vs. Bret Bielema, mentor vs. protégé
On the surface, Snyder and Bielema couldn’t be more different. Snyder is quiet, more known for his handwritten letters to players, opponents and prospective recruits. Bielema is full of personality -- he’s closing in on 150,000 Twitter followers and has used social media to his advantage in recruiting. But it was Snyder who gave Bielema his first defensive coordinator job, at Kansas State in 2002. The two go way back, and they still share an old-school approach to coaching. What will happen when the two face off for the first time?
2. The last game for Brandon Allen
It has been a long and sometimes bumpy road for Allen at Arkansas. The senior quarterback went through his share of low points during his career, but he certainly saved his best season for last. Allen is third in the SEC with 3,125 yards passing, and he has thrown 29 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. His QBR of 87.4 is the best in the FBS among quarterbacks with at least eight starts, and he has been nearly perfect the second half of the season. The same Razorbacks fans who had previously written him off will miss him when he's gone.
3. Expect the unexpected
From fourth-down laterals to fullback jump passes to special teams touchdowns, there was never a dull moment when Arkansas and Kansas State played this season. Arkansas, best known for the “Hog and Ladder” conversion on fourth-and-25 to beat Ole Miss, played in three overtime games this season. Kansas State, meanwhile, is no stranger to the big play. Senior Morgan Burns leads the FBS with five return touchdowns, including four in the Wildcats’ past four games. Let's just say that somebody in this game is likely to make the SportsCenter Top 10 on Saturday.